Healthy Eating – A Lifestyle Not a Diet

Healthy Eating – A Lifestyle Not a Diet

Healthy eating is not an option if you wish to safeguard yourself from diseases and other health problems. If one could immediately see the effects of the food they eat, they’d be much warier.

For example, if eating 3 doughnuts today gave you diabetes tomorrow, you’d immediately toss the doughnuts and runoff. However, the reality is that eating poorly doesn’t result in negative consequences until years later… and usually, by then, it’s either too late or a struggle to reclaim your health.

Generally, when a person is trying to lose weight or clean up their diet, the first thing they do is look for a proven diet plan… and there is no shortage of those. There are many diets out there that deliver fantastic results.

These days the keto diet is all the rage with people claiming that they’ve lost more fat with it than any other diet. A few years ago, it was the paleo diet… and before that, the Mediterranean diet.

The truth of the matter is that diets will come and go because the weight loss industry is a billion-dollar industry and people will constantly put twists on old diets to come up with new books, products, pieces of training, etc. to make money.

A diet can help you lose weight and get you from obese to your ideal weight, provided you stick to it… but there’s a caveat here. A diet may or may not be a lifestyle.

For example, if you’re on the Atkins diet where you barely consume carbohydrates, how long will you stay on this diet?

If you stick with it until you’ve shed all your excess pounds, guess what happens when you resume your old diet? Yes… all the weight will return with a vengeance.

Your body has not been trained to keep the weight off even while you consume carbs. The truth is that carbs are NOT the enemy. They’re a crucial part of your macronutrient ratio.

The same applies to fats. While the keto diet requires you to consume 75% of your calories from fats to reach ketosis, what happens if you decided to quit on the keto diet once you’ve reached your goal weight?

If you’ve been on keto for 6 months and above, you may be fat-adapted and still use fat for fuel instead of glucose. However, if you’ve reached your ideal weight in 4 months and decide to get back on your usual diet of bread, pasta, etc. you’ll see the pounds creeping back in.

The key to keeping the weight off is to make eating right a lifestyle. While you may use a diet to accelerate your weight loss, once you achieve your goal, it will be time to train your body to eat right.

That will mean consuming more plant-based foods. The protein you consume should be mostly lean protein, while you may occasionally indulge in fatty meats.

The most important factor here will be your carbs. You’ll want to get most of your carbs from fiber-rich vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, whole grains, beans, etc.

You’ll probably need to slowly introduce these foods into your diet so that you acquire a taste for them. This is the real secret to eating healthy. You MUST make it a habit.

Once you start to love the healthy and nutritious foods you’re eating, being on this ‘diet’ will be easy. It’s something that you can be on well into your golden years.

Eating right is not a fad diet. It’s about making intelligent food choices so that you don’t jeopardize your health. When you make eating clean a lifestyle choice, you’ll never need a fad diet to help you lose weight.

You’ll maintain your weight easily and you’ll look and feel better than you ever dreamed possible – and it will be hassle-free.

Valentine Ogbonna

Founded in August 2020, Valogbonna is a privately owned, online Health and Wellness blog in South Eastern Nigeria. With a staff of experienced professionals with extensive background in Health and Wellness, Valogbonna tries to promote any planned learning experiences based on sound theories that provide individuals, groups and communities the opportunity to acquire information and skills needed to make quality decisions in Health and Wellness. We believe that Good Health is Wealth.

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